Trump Says Russia Inquiry’s Overreach is usually a Scandal ‘Bigger Than Watergate!’

WASHINGTON — President Trump asserted on Thursday which federal investigators attempted to infiltrate his 2016 campaign using a confidential informant — a scandalous overreach, he said, which might be “bigger than Watergate!”

In some sense, many analysts have said, he is usually right: Efforts by a hostile foreign power to influence an American presidential election — with or without the assistance or knowledge of the winning candidate — may well be a scandal “bigger than Watergate!”

The F.B.I. along using a team of special prosecutors are investigating whether any of Mr. Trump’s associates were coordinating with Russia to help Mr. Trump defeat his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton. along with, since the appointment of the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, the investigation has expanded to include inquiries into whether Mr. Trump has attempted to obstruct justice to bring an end to what he regularly calls a witch hunt.

Thursday is usually the first anniversary of Mr. Mueller’s appointment. Since then, Mr. Trump has considered firing Mr. Mueller, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, along with the deputy attorney general, Rod J. Rosenstein — drawing parallels to the Watergate investigation more than four decades earlier, when Richard M. Nixon, ordered his attorney general along with deputy attorney general to fire the special prosecutor investigating abuses inside the 1972 presidential election. Both Justice Department officials resigned rather than carrying out the order.

Mr. Trump marked the Mueller anniversary using a series of Twitter posts on Thursday morning, reminding his 52 million followers his belief which the investigation is usually a witch hunt.

The president also praised his administration, calling which “the most successful first 17 month Administration in U.S. history — by far!”